GST Recommends Bills for NH House Vote

by | Jun 2, 2021 | Legislation, Special Alerts

GST Recommends Bills for passage in the next New Hampshire House Session.
The House will meet Thursday, June 3rd, and Friday, June 4th in Bedford to act on all remaining Senate bills.
Click here to read the House calendar listing session times and bills to be dealt with.

Granite State Taxpayers recommends passage of the following bills:
Click here to find your House Members and urge them to vote for them.

HB 223, relative to political party access to a list of absentee ballot requests.
This bill authorizes political parties to request and subscribe to the absentee ballot request list from the secretary of state, and adds the date the absentee ballot was returned to the information provided.

HB 326 relative to electronic lists of persons who have applied for absentee ballots.
This bill requires town and city clerks to make electronic lists of persons who have applied for absentee ballots available to candidates upon request.

HB 523 relative to persons who register to vote without any identification.
This bill requires a person who registers to vote without any identification to have his or her photo taken before his or her registration to vote is complete.

SB 31, relative to voter checklists and modifying the absentee ballot affidavit.
This bill modifies the actions taken by Supervisors of the Checklist so that, upon adding applications to the checklist, they record prior registration location information in our statewide voter registration database. This bill also provides a process for the exchange of information with other states and directs the Secretary of State to develop the process for the exchange of such information securely. The committee amendment returns the provision for claiming a disability as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot to its pre-emergency order status by deleting a reference to infectious diseases.

SB 52, relative to municipal charter provisions for tax caps.
First, this bill validates tax or spending caps adopted by municipalities before July 5, 2011. SB 52 requires that any municipal action that redistributes excludable budget items from within the limit of the capped budget to outside such limit shall require a supermajority vote which is the same supermajority vote requirement to override the cap.

SB 61, prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union.
This bill would make it illegal for labor unions and others to compel membership and payment of dues to the labor union or else¬where without the consent of the employee. Labor unions would be free to negotiate with employers what¬ever contract they see fit, including the decision to represent all company employees or only union member employees.

SB 89, adopting omnibus legislation relative to election procedures.
This legislation creates a study committee for the auditing of elections results and ballots. It also asserts New Hampshire’s right to run its own elections by prohibiting the implementation of the procedures and requirements stemming from the “For the People Act of 2021” on any election where the Federal Government is not permitted direct oversight, including but not limited to: state, county, municipal, and presidential races. Consistent with our Constitution, current New Hampshire election law would remain in full force.

SB 101-FN, increasing the minimum gross business income required for filing business profits tax.
This bill helps small businesses by raising the filing threshold for business profits tax from the current $50,000 to $92,000, the equivalent amount after 28 years of inflation, reducing needless filings, and establishes an ongoing, biennial, inflation review.

Click here to find your House Members and urge them to vote for the bills listed above.

Posted by GST Chairman Ray Chadwick


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